On April 30, 2009, the second “Patricia L. Kanan Award for Outstanding Service” was presented to Gilbert S. Kahn, long time ACKCSC club member, AKC judge, Shih Tzu and Cavalier breeder and benefactor of the Trust.
Gilbert’s philanthropic work is well known. Fine arts and the opera have benefited from his interest. He has also devoted much time and significant resources to the Sport of Dogs. One of Gilbert’s generous contributions supported the creation to the Dog Museum in St Louis. The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania carries his name. It is here that someday the genetic DNA marker for MVD may be developed.
Although the significance of his contributions is not readily apparent, his every act of integrity, compassion, courage and generosity enriches, empowers or encourages others to emulate his example. It is for these reasons we recognized him with the 2009 Patricia L. Kanan Award.